Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (ACA), the aviation group that manages and owns the French airports Cannes Mandelieu, Saint-Tropez and Nice Cote d’Azur, tapped Air BP to be the sole fuel supplier at Cannes Mandelieu Airport, the companies announced today at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans.
An Environmental Good Conduct Code is now in place at popular Cannes Mandelieu Airport and signed by multiple stakeholders, including the French DGAC, numerous civil aircraft operators, air traffic controllers, airport tenants and various local environmental groups.
The code is voluntary, addresses primarily noise-control issues and calls for the signers to “respect the quality of the environment at and around l’Aéroport Cannes Mandelieu.”
In an age when general aviation airports are under attack as sources of unwanted noise, Cannes-Mandelieu Airport on France’s Mediterranean coast has reached an accommodation with its neighbors. Just four years ago Côte d’Azur residents were threatening to shut the airport down.
Cannes-Mandelieu Airport has apparently reached an accommodation with its neighbors, who threatened to shut down the airport permanently four years ago. According to Umberto Vallino, marketing and statistics manager for the airport, the key is a noise-abatement effort launched in April using a computer program developed by A-Tech Acoustic Technologies of Brussels, Belgium.
As airports along the western Mediterranean coast watch business aircraft movements climb slowly back toward pre-recession numbers, a move has begun to create an organization of FBOs and airports involved in ground handling, fuel and services for this industry segment.
According to Umberto Vallino, marketing and statistics manager at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport, located in the center of the region, such an organization would benefit the ground handlers as well as business and private aircraft owners and operators.
Organizers of the sixth annual Cannes Airshow, to be held from June 7 to 9, expect to welcome more than 20,000 visitors at its Cannes-Mandelieu International Airport venue in the heart of the French Riviera. “There is nearly a 15-percent increase in participation this year compared with the 2011 show,” said event director Didier Mary. While billed as a general aviation event, the Cannes Airshow typically draws numerous business aviation exhibitors and aircraft. Past exhibitors have included Cessna, Dassault, Embraer and Hawker Beechcraft.
The French branch of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) expanded its board of directors from eight to 11 members, consisting of seven representatives of aircraft operators and four drawn from the group’s associate members.
Organizers of the third annual Eur-Avia Cannes show say that, despite worsening economic conditions in Europe, the private aviation event will be twice the size of last year’s. As of mid-January, 90 percent of the 2008 exhibitors had committed to this year’s event (April 30 to May 2) and with new exhibitors joining them, these companies will fill nearly 600,000 sq ft of exhibition space.
The requirement for takeoff and landing slots has been suspended at France’s Cannes-Mandelieu Airport during the winter months but could be reintroduced in March. The airport conducted a trial of slot coordination between May 23 and September 15, in which four IFR arrivals were permitted each hour and up to six departures, but with a maximum number of nine total movements per hour.
The requirement for takeoff and landing slots has been suspended at France’s Cannes-Mandelieu Airport during the winter months, but the slot system might be reintroduced next March.
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